January 17 // The knowledge of good and evil.

Read Genesis 3:7 out loud with your family.


Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.


Q: Did the tree make Eve wiser than she was before? 


Parent Note: No, there was nothing special in the fruit that gave her new abilities. This becomes obvious when, after taking a bite of it herself, she offers some to Adam. If the fruit had made her wise, she would have realized that she had been tricked and that she had just sinned; she wouldn’t have offered the fruit to her husband if she knew eating it was a sin. The knowledge that the tree bestowed was that of the experience of doing something wrong. Once they had disobeyed God, they now had knowledge of right and wrong, and they felt shame for the first time. So, eating the fruit did bring them knowledge of new things, but it was the action and experience of eating the fruit that allowed them to have this new understanding, not the actual fruit itself.



Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:


Dear Lord, thank You for Your wisdom.
I know that even when I mess up, You can use it for good.
Help me to choose what is right when You put choices before me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.